Thursday, July 17, 2014

Weekend Preview: July 17th - July 20th, 2014

Wallpaper by local artist Anna Rifle Bond - Rifle Paper Company
Wallpaper by Rifle Paper Co.
Weekend Events

Take a sledgehammer to your unsuspecting piggy bank this weekend, because it's time for another Rifle Paper Co. Sidewalk Sale. Paper, Printing and Pops is happening this Friday (10:00am-7:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am-5:00pm) and features up to 75% off all samples, limited-edition prints created on-site, and a complimentary treat from the Pop Parlour.

Thursday, July 17th

Orlando Local Publisher of Short Stories / Literature
Local publisher Burrow Press is celebrating the release of Forget How You Found Us: 15 Views of Orlando Vol. III with a special Book Release Party, happening this Thursday at 7:00pm. It's a free event, so come out downtown's Gallery at Avalon Island for live readings; the Gallery's newest show, Untold Stories; drinks; and mingling. 

After the book release party, stop by Lil Indies for the caffeine-rich Culture Buzz - Coffee / Cocktails / Music event. The Lil Indies gang is teaming up with Slow Food Orlando and Abeja de Café (who are organizing September's Florida Coffee Symposium) to bring you specialty cocktails featuring Lineage Coffee's amazing cold brews, accompanied by rad DJ tunes. It starts Thursday at 10:00pm; no cover.

Back downtown, check out Taste of Church Street. Registration opens at 5:00pm (free) and includes free drinks and $1-$2 food items from the district's bars and restaurants, as well as goodies from sponsor booths. It's all part of the the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, happening across Downtown this Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Start celebrating Belgian National Day early (see below) with Ommegang in Oblivion, Oblivion Taproom's Belgian beer party with raffles, drinks, and food; 4:00pm to close.

Friday, July 18th

I hear that train a comin', it's rolling 'round the bend... and it's here for the July Conductor Crawl! Meet up with the pub-crawl at 6:00pm this Friday at Cafe Red in Downtown and crawl through the bars in DTO, Winter Park, and back to DTO. It's free to participate and features plenty of drink special, but be sure to get your SunRail ticket ($3.75 round trip)!

Orlando Conductor Crawl - SunRail Winter Park

Happy Belgian National Day! How do you celebrate it? With fancy beer, of course! Events include Belgian Independence Day Bash at Barley and Vine Biergarten (5:00-?:00), La Chouffe Party at Gnarly Barly (6:00-9:00), and St. Arnoldus Day at Redlight Redlight (5:00-?:00).

Phat-N-Jazzy presents '80s Soul Nite II at Will's Pub, this Friday, doors at 9:00pm. Live musicians perform R&B classics, followed by DJ BMF spinning old-school vinyl. 

Saturday, July 19th

A little birdie told us about the Second Annual Orlando Beer Tour, which starts this Saturday at 7:00pm. Wear your lighted vests, glow sticks, team shirt (optional), and some good shoes--you're gonna be runnin'. Meet at the Lake Eola Publix downtown, then run the 7.1 miles to Milk Bar, Redlight Redlight, BART, and finish at Tap and Grind. It's free to participate and singles and groups are welcome!

At the Elks Club's monthly Vintage Fair (this Saturday at 8:30am), you can get creative with your next home decor project by browsing unique booths of used/vintage/old items.

Sunday, July 20th

This Sunday is the 6th Annual Southern Fried Sunday Benefit for The Mustard Seed. $10 cover includes music on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, food trucks, vendors, vintage cars, and pin-up girls. It starts in Mills50 at 3:00pm. 

Live Music in Orlando this Weekend
The Timucua Whitehouse is hosting another great art-music event this Sunday at 7:00pm, featuring pianist Addison Frei and art demos by Lisa Rodriguez. The event is free, but donations are appreciated; BYOB and food to share.

The Orange Blossom Blues Society presents its 6th Annual OBBS Musicians Relief Fund Benefit, featuring seven local bands this Sunday from 1:00 to 6:00pm at Blue 42. Your $5 cover helps musicians in need.



What are you doing this weekend, Orlando? Leave a comment!



Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekend Preview: July 11th - July 13th, 2014

Photo via Orlando Local
Weekend Events

Support local dance with Valencia Dance Summer Repertory Concert,  this Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm; $6 - $12. The showcase features the resident dance company, faculty, and guest artists.

Friday, July 11th

July 4th is over, but here are two important American milestones to celebrate: First, Krispy Kreme Turns 77, so grab some 77¢ original glazed donuts today. Next, it's July 7th, so visit 7-11 for Free Small Slurpee Day. Take that Slurpee to Stardust, and they'll put a shot of vodka in it for $4. It's summer, bitches!

It's time for another Mount Dora Art Stroll, so stop by Friday night between 6:00 and 8:00pm. Closer to Orlando, the Art & History Museums Maitland's Summer Concerts in the Garden starts at 7:00pm with readings, live music, bar, free popcorn. 


Casselberry's Art and Music in the Park at Lake Concord Park from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Also there will be the TheDailyCity Food Truck Bazaar with 15 gourmet food trucks.

Saturday, July 12th

Downtown's Cafe Annie is hosting The Black Mxrkt Tradeshow this Saturday from 2:00 to 7:00pm. This free event includes the Florida Streetwear Expo, music, food, drinks, and giveaways. 

If you haven't already, check out the People, Places and Things exhibit at The Gallery at Avalon Island's Artist Talks and Closing Event. Starting at noon, enjoy free coffee and bagels, see the show, and listen to artists discuss their works.

Vive la France in the Audubon Park Garden District! For the sixth year in a row, APGD hosts its popular Bastille Day Celebration, from 6:00 to 10:00pm. This free event includes everything French, from Marie Antoinette and pétanque to live music and, of course, plenty of wine.


Orlando Pub Crawl is at it again with the 9th Annual Crazy '80s Pub Crawl. Tickets are $18 online/$20 at the door and include four drinks and plenty of other drink specials. Join almost 2,000 drunks party-goers in Downtown Orlando this Saturday at 7:30pm. 

Also, don't miss S P A C E - F E S T, a fundraiser party for one of Orlando's most interesting places. There will be workshops, readings, and a bunch of things I didn't really understand from the event listing; $5 donation.

Sunday, July 13th

TheDailyCity's Food Truck Bazaar is back in Orlando this Sunday. Stop by Fashion Square Mall between 6:00 and 9:00pm for over two dozen mobile restaurants. 

"City Beautiful isn't just an idea. It's not just a phrase. It's a vision." Find out more about how you can participate in the City Beautification Project #thankfulorlando, this Sunday at Lake Eola starting at noon.

What's better than cold brews and cute stuff? NOTHING. You can find both at Redlight Redlight's Summer Sale, with Other Peoples Property, The Pop Parlous, Su Laing, My Yard Farm, and more. It's happening this Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00pm. 

This Sunday at 3:00pm is the World Cup 2014 final. Don't miss what is sure to be a nail-biting match between Germany and Argentina by checking out our Where to Watch the 2014 World Cup in Orlando post. (You'll find us cheering on Die Mannschaft at Schumann's Jäger Haus on Church Street!)


What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment below!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lucky Cards for Local People: An Interview with Elizabeth Farmer


This month, theORLANDOAN Marketplace is growing. We’re expanding with new shirts and neighborhood-inspired goodies. But that’s not all: We’re also adding some limited-edition, hand-painted cards. Soon, you’ll be able to send your Orlando love with Elizabeth Farmer’s locally inspired cards.

Marketing major by education, web designer by profession, Elizabeth Farmer felt that founding  Bright Light Paper (formerly Happygolucky Creations) was a natural next step for her. “I was in San Diego for work and wanted to send a gift to my cousin.  But when I got home, I realized I didn’t have any random miscellaneous cards. I didn’t want to just put it in an envelope.” Since then, she’s created cards for every occasion.


 “I originally started sketching, but then it evolved into printing and painting.” Farmer uses watercolors to give each card a unique, hand-painted feel. “I try to keep my cards light and funny.” From custom wedding and birthday invitations to multi-purpose blank cards, she draws inspiration from everyday situations that make her think, “That would make a great card.”

Originally from Gainesville, Orlando is Farmer’s home away from home. “Gradually, it’s just kind of grown on me. The community’s building, there’s more culture than there’s been in the past.” Meeting people through local events and by selling her cards at stores around town, Farmer has opened up to exploring the city. In our quick-fire round, she shared some of her favorite hot spots:

  • Favorite designer: Cindy Thornton, Illustrator
  • Favorite hangout: The Imperial
  • Favorite restaurant: Bento
  • Favorite gallery: City Arts Factory
  • Orlando doesn’t suck because… “it has great artists, murals on buildings, painted power boxes—there’s a sense of creativity here.”

In addition to her online store, you can find her cards at Local Roots, Gallery on the Edge, outdoor markets, and, of course, at theORLANDOAN Marketplace.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Independence Day 2014 in Orlando: July 4th Done Right

Photo by Chris Martin
Happy Independence Day, Orlandoans! Celebrate at one of the ten free Central Florida fireworks shows (and that's not even including the theme parks), go on a barbecue bender, or party in your own way.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The Lucky Lure at Lake Ivanhoe is celebrating its 1 Year Anniversary (already??) this Thursday with free BBQ and select drinks from 5:00 to 8:00pm and live music from 9:00pm to midnight.

For the 19th time in a row, the City of Altamonte Springs is bringing you the region's biggest combination of fireworks and music: Red Hot & Boom, this Thursday from 4:00 to 11:00pm. This free event includes fireworks, plenty of food and drink vendors, and national acts like A Great Big World, American Authors, and Alex & Sierra.


Too-Cool-4-School Events

July 4th: You know the nerd inside you wants to go to A Sci-Fi Fourth of July in Celebration. The full day of free activities starts with a parade at 9:00am, with the actual event beginning at 5:30pm with DJs, live performances, Sci-Fi/super hero costume contest (7:30pm), and fireworks (9:30pm).

July 4th: Also celebrating July 4th in Orlando is Austin's Coffee's 9th Annual I-4 Fest, with 26 bands on two stages, art fair, food, and drinks; $5.

July 5th: The Independence for the Animals Vegan Potluck takes place this Saturday at 2:00pm for the 14th year in a row. $10 suggested donation or $5 if you bring a dish. RSVP; pets welcome.

July 5th: Stop by Johnny's Fillin' Station thi Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm for 'Merica, the Orlando Facial Hair Club's patriotic event. Live music, beard-offs, and hot rod competitions; $5 OR canned food donations accepted.

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Start your Independence Day with the City of Winter Park's Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration (yes, "old" with an "e" because it's Winter Park). A parade will start at City Hall at 9:00am, with free hot dogs, watermelon, and water; other food and drink for purchase; free bike valet; live music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and Choir; wagon rides; and plenty of activities up and down the Avenue.

Out west, Winter Garden's Party in the Park starts at 5:30pm and goes on until the fireworks at 9:30pm. This free family event includes games, food, and live music.

On the other side of town, Avalon Park presents its own 4th of July Celebration from 5:00 to 9:00pm, with an apple pie bake-off, hot dog eating contest, bike parade, wet/dry bounce park, performances, and fireworks.

To the north, three cities are hosting events with live music, food, drinks, activities, and, of course, fireworks:


Get closer to fireworks than anywhere else this Fourth at Downtown Orlando's massive Fireworks at the Fountain. The event is free and begins at 4:00pm with fireworks at 9:10pm. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This year's special musical guest is the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. (Secret tip: Avoid the craziness of Downtown and head to Lake Ivanhoe to watch the fireworks over the skyline, while grabbing a drink at The Lucky Lure.)

South of Orlando, check out the St. Cloud 4th of July Lakefront Celebration, a free event starting at 3:00pm and culminating in fireworks over the lake at 9:15pm. There will also be plenty of live music, food, and games.

In the neighborhood, Kissimmee's Monumental 4th of July Celebration from 5:00 to 9:10pm (fireworks!) will include musical tributes through the decades, as well as TheDailyCity Food Truck Bazaar with over two dozen diverse vendors.

Saturday, July 5th, 2014


On Saturday, Winter Park's Ravenous Pig will host a Backyard BBQ from 11:30am to 2:0pm. The Pig's owner and chef James Petrakis himself will man the grill, where for $17 per person you can dig into smoked chicken, pork ribs, and all the fixings and desserts you need for a successful Independence Day barbecue. (Walk-ins welcome, or make a reservation.)

If you're not fireworked-out yet (and how could you be?), come to Baldwin Park's Independence Day Bash on Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30pm, with tons of vendors and live music.

In Ivanhoe's Gaston Edwards Park, Family Outfest is putting on Red, Out & Equal, a free family event with live music, activities, food, and drinks starting at noon and ending with fireworks at 9:00pm.

How are you celebrating July 4th, 2014 in Orlando? Leave a comment below!

And remember, be safe... even if that means not launching a rocket from your ass crack:






Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekend Preview: June 27th - June 29th, 2014

Movieola Outdoor Movies at Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando Free

Weekend Events

Retromended Vintage is hosting its annual Weekend Sidewalk Sale on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00pm, with crazy discounts and special guest vendors.

It's the last weekend to try the bite30 menu at some of Orlando's coolest restaurants. Over a dozen restaurants are participating in the $10 to $15 lunch and dinner menus. (But don't go to Sushi Lola's, since they think they don't have to honor the deal on weekends...)

Friday, June 27th

It's time for another installation of Movieola, the monthly movie series at Lake Eola Park. Come by for games and food starting at 6:30pm, with Despicable Me 2 starting at 8:30pm.

You've wasted countless hours dedicated some time and emotional investment into the characters in The Office? Well, you're in luck: Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux (newly expanded!) is hosting The Office Trivia Night, this Friday at 7:00pm.

It's the last Friday of the month, which means Critical Mass will be happening at 5:30pm at Loch Haven Park. This month's bike gang will be a special June Memorial Mass for Furoche, so come out and support safe cycling.

Fourth Friday also means that the Sanford Art Walk will take place from 6:00 to 9:00pm, with live music, bars, restaurants, and galleries showing off their best art in historic downtown Sanford.

For a more sultry artsy experience, The Venue presents Burlesque After Dark: NOIR. It's dark, it's lurid, it's $16 online / $20 at the door; doors at 10:00pm.

Orlando Burlesque Shows Downtown the Venue

Saturday, June 28th

The Casselberry Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:30pm (next to the Police Station on 17-92), and every last Saturday of the month they feature a special selection of vendors selling green goods. Alternatively, check out the Winter Park Farmers Market, happening every Saturday from 7:00am to 1:00pm.

While you're in Casselberry, stop by Get Outdoors! Casselberry, a free family event at Secret Lake Park from 9:00am to noon where you can learn about slacklining, kayaking, paddleboarding, and other thing kids these days needs more of.

If you're a tech master looking for a job, be sure to visit the Upstart Expo at East End Market this Saturday from 9:00am to noon to chat directly with employers who are ready to hire.

Orlando Halloween Summer Birthday Party
Summer + Birthday Party + Halloween = The Falcon's Summerween 2014: Aloha from Hell. It has everything you need for a spooky summer, including costume contests, sand, voodoo, and live music.

The 2nd Annual Summer Heat Car and Bike Show is more than just cars and bikes--it's also prizes, music, food, free beer (!), vendors, door prizes, drawings, a watermelon eating contents, and (according to the flyer) luscious ladies. Come see how luscious they really are at Space Coast Harley Davidson this Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

In its never-ending awesomeness, Downtown Credo will host a free Conduit Workshop: Classic Cocktails. Learn about the theory behind the drinks and try out your mixing skills this Saturday at 11:00am; $10 suggested donation, 21+.

Sunday, June 29th

Check out the best in local film-making at the Enzian's Film Slam '14, where you get to vote to see who goes on to the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase (so, yeah, your vote is kind of a big deal). This is the first of five monthly events, happening this Sunday at 1:00pm; tickets are $5.

Recover from your weekend with some Yoga in Lake Eola Park (11:00am) followed by breakfast at the recently expanded Orlando Farmers Market (10:0am - 4:00pm). 

What are you up to in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment below!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekend Preview: June 19th - June 22nd, 2014


Weekend Events

Friday through Sunday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day, is the 24th Annual Harvest Festival at Lakeridge Winery. A $2 donation lets you stomp the grapes, enjoy live music, and shop at the 80+ arts, food, and drink vendors. Oh, and don't miss the complimentary winery tours and tasting. 

*Bonus* Thursday, June 19th

A story as old as time: the good, the bad, and the ugly come alive tonight at the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop in Downtown Orlando. Some of the can't-miss venues include The Falcon Staff Art ShowBside Artists at City Arts Factory, and People, Places and Things at the Gallery at Avalon Island. Also, TrIP (Transit Interpretation Project) will open its TrIP Diaries show at the Downtown Orlando Information Center.

While you're downtown, don't miss the last day of the Questlove DJ Series, which completes his residency at The Social. Tickets are $20, 18+, 10:00pm. 

Friday, June 20th

There's a new exhibit opening up Friday at the Snap! Space, and you won't want to miss it. Snap! Attacks! includes highly curated works from photography, painting, illustration, video, and more. The kickoff party starts at 6:00pm; RSVP here. (And don't miss the Artist Talks on Saturday.)

Worker Bird is visiting Florida to host a pop-up shop of one-of-a-kind tin collages. Stop by the Lure Paper Goods Store on Virginia Drive this Friday between 6:30 and 9:30pm.

It's time for another #OrlandoConductorCrawl! This time, meet the gang at 6:00pm at Cafe Red and check out some cool venues in Downtown and Winter Park. Round-trip fare is $4.25; ask about the drink specials.


Saturday, June 21st

Don't wash your hair, because this Saturday is the Central Florida International Reggae Festival at the Festival Park in Orlando from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Tickets are $20.

World Giraffe Day at the Central Florida Zoo is your chance to hang with these necky creatures and celebrate the longest day of the year alongside the world's tallest animal. 10:00am to 3:00pm, with face painting, activities, and giraffe feeding (which costs extra). 

The Lakeside Inn at Mount Dora is kicking off the summer with a Lawn Concert and Street Palooza this Saturday beginning at 5:00pm. 

Hoarders, look away: this Saturday, the Orlando Elks Club will host a Vintage Faire with furniture, clothes, and anything else you'd find at a good ol' flea market. Starts at 8:30am; every third Saturday.


If you're looking for an outdoor pool to use this summer, grab your polka-dot bikini and head over to the Winter Park Community Center for an Old School Pool Party, this Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Free for WP residents; 50% off for non-residents; 18+.

Rumfest 10 at Wall Street Plaza is back this year, with tons of rum vendors and even more chances to embarrass yourself. (Remind yourself now that no, you probably don't have the salsa skills to be dancing in public like that.) Get your tickets online for $20.

Sunday, June 22nd

If you're not too hungover from Rumfest, come back to the Wall Street Plaza for the USA vs. Portugal Watch Party. Come in your America gear and grab a good seat before the game begins at 6:00pm. For a quieter atmosphere, stop by The Imperial around 4:00pm for drinks by The Courtesy Bar. Looking for more places to watch? Check out our Where to Watch the 2014 World Cup in Orlando guide.

"Sunday brunch is boring!" Not if you're going to Sunday Punk Brunch at The Peacock Room. $7 gets you in for food, record swap, and live punk bands.

Jumanji and the Ouija Board have
made me fear board games.

Sunday at noon, The Enzian is showing Jumanji (my personal favorite) for $5. I'm not sure if they let adults order off the kids PB&J menu...

Starting at 2:00pm and going into the night, Summer Jam Milk Edition will take over the Milk District with three different danceable venues, tons of DJs, and lots of drink choices.

Lastly, round off your weekend with the lovely ladies at the Orlando Psycho City Derby, as they present Arkham Assailants vs Serial Thrillers. The match starts at 4:30pm; tickets are $10 advance, $13 at the door; beer, drinks, and snacks available for purchase. 

What are you doing this weekend in Orlando? Leave a comment below!




Monday, June 16, 2014

Where to Watch the 2014 World Cup in Orlando


Today's the day: the US Men's National Team will play its first match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup! (Yes, this is the "soccer" thing people have been flipping out about lately.) If you're like me and bet all your savings in a bracket with your friends (Cameroon can't lose, right?), then you'll want to be sure to catch all the games as they happen live. (Click here for the schedule.) So, be sure to check out these fine sports locales, put on your soccer jersey, and support your #USMNT!

The Downtown Options

The pubbiest of all downtown pubs is the Harp and Celt. With a fun soccer atmosphere, central location, great staff, and reasonable prices, come early and expect it to be packed. 

For a posh (but probably still rowdy) downtown experience, Elixir has lots of TVs and specials on their extensive selection of cocktails and other drinks. Also, Avenue Gastrobar will show all games and has some delicious and reasonably priced dinner options.

The Pubs

If you have your heart set on Thornton Park and want to grab a bite during the game, Graffiti Junktion and Wildside BBQ are some of your best bets. But if you're looking for a more intimate pub atmosphere, hop over to The Falcon. (Or do all three, I'm not your mom.)

For the South Orlando and tourist crowd, Cricketers Arms has good food and drinks, and is located close to the parks, attracting a passionate international crowd. Another hot spot in the area is The Pub Orlando, with its World Cup rewards program.

In the bowels of soccer itself, the Sideline Pub at XL Sports World (just north of College Park) will be showing all games. Budweiser drafts are only $1 until the first goal is scored, so be punctual! 

The Public Showings

Downtowners flock to Wall Street Plaza for great outdoor showings. Doors open an hour or more before all US games, shown on a 16-foot screen. Parties include $4 Heineken deals; 21+. 

Don't forget, malls tend to show games in their common areas, including Mall at Millenia, Florida Mall, and Fashion Square Mall. That Saturday shopping afternoon may not be a waste after all.

¡Viva el Fútbol!

For some of the most passionate game-watching, pick a Latin American team to support and head to the appropriate venue. For example, Pio Pio serves some of the best Colombian and Peruvian food in town--and the Colombia fans won't leave you hanging, either. 

And that goes for other ethnic restaurants as well: check out Schumann's Jäger Haus for Germany games, Nelore Churrascaria for Brazil games, Don Jefe's for Mexico games, Lolailo for Spain games, and The Fox & Hounds or St. Andrews Tavern for England games, just to name a few.


We probably left off quite a few, so tell us where you'll be watching the 2014 World Cup in Orlando! Leave a comment below!